Marva Whitney

Real Name:
Marva Ann Manning
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American funk vocalist, and artist.

Born: 1 May 1944 in Kansas City, Kansas, USA.
Died: 22 December 2012 in Kansas City, Kansas, USA (aged 68).

In 1960, when she was 16, she joined a Kansas gospel group, the Alma Whitney Singers, and ended up marrying Harry Whitney (2), the brother-in-law of the group's leader. Ever since, she has gone by her married name, Marva Whitney.

Much like her contemporary, James Brown, many funk enthusiasts consider her as being one of the rawest and brassiest music divas, both vocally, and as a performer.
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KS 1079, KING 1079 Live And Lowdown At The Apollo — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney Live And Lowdown At The Apollo (Album) King Records (3), King Records (3) KS 1079, KING 1079 US 1969 Sell This Version
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184 321 It's My Thing — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney It's My Thing (Album) King Records (3), King Records (3) 184 321 Germany 1969 Sell This Version
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CVOS1075 I Am What I Am — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney With Osaka Monaurail Marva Whitney With Osaka Monaurail - I Am What I Am (Album) SHOUT! Productions CVOS1075 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
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SHOUT-202 Live In Japan — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney With Her Own Osaka Monaurail Marva Whitney With Her Own Osaka Monaurail - Live In Japan(CD, Enh) SHOUT! Productions SHOUT-202 Singapore 2006 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

45-6124 Your Love Was Good For Me / If You Love Me — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney Your Love Was Good For Me / If You Love Me (Single) King Records (3) 45-6124 US 1967 Sell This Version
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45-12545 Your Love Was Good For Me / Saving My Love For My Baby — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney Your Love Was Good For Me / Saving My Love For My Baby (Single) Federal (5) 45-12545 US 1967 Sell This Version
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45-6168 Things Got To Get Better (Get Together) — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney Things Got To Get Better (Get Together) King Records (3) 45-6168 US 1968 Sell This Version
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45-6202 What Do I Have To Do To Prove My Love To You / Your Love Was Good For Me — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney What Do I Have To Do To Prove My Love To You / Your Love Was Good For Me (Single) King Records (3) 45-6202 US 1968 Sell This Version
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45-6146 Unwind Yourself — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney Unwind Yourself (Single) King Records (3) 45-6146 US 1968 Sell This Version
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45-6181 I'll Work It Out — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney I'll Work It Out (Single) King Records (3) 45-6181 US 1968 Sell This Version
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45-6193 I'm Tired, I'm Tired, I'm Tired / If You Love Me — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney I'm Tired, I'm Tired, I'm Tired / If You Love Me King Records (3) 45-6193 US 1968 Sell This Version
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45-6206 In The Middle (Part 2) / Tit For Tat (Ain't No Taking Back) — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney In The Middle (Part 2) / Tit For Tat (Ain't No Taking Back) (Single) King Records (3) 45-6206 US 1968 Sell This Version
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45-6158 Your Love Was Good For Me / What Kind Of Man — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney Your Love Was Good For Me / What Kind Of Man (Single) King Records (3) 45-6158 US 1968 Sell This Version
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45-6249 Things Got To Get Better (Get Together) — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney Things Got To Get Better (Get Together) (Single) King Records (3) 45-6249 US 1969 Sell This Version
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45-6268 I Made A Mistake Because It's Only You — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney I Made A Mistake Because It's Only You (Single) King Records (3) 45-6268 US 1969 Sell This Version
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45-6218 You Got To Have A Job (If You Don't Work - You Can't Eat) / I'm Tired, I'm Tired, I'm Tired (Things Better Change Before It's Too Late) — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney And James Brown Marva Whitney And James Brown - You Got To Have A Job (If You Don't Work - You Can't Eat) / I'm Tired, I'm Tired, I'm Tired (Things Better Change Before It's Too Late) (Single) King Records (3) 45-6218 1969 Sell This Version
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45-6229 It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who To Sock It To) / Ball Of Fire — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who To Sock It To) / Ball Of Fire (Single) King Records (3) 45-6229 US 1969 Sell This Version
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45-6229 Marva Whitney "Ball Of Fire"(7", Single) King Records (3) 45-6229 US 1969 Sell This Version
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425 162 Things Got To Get Better (Get Together) /  It's My Thing — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney Things Got To Get Better (Get Together) / It's My Thing(7") Polydor 425 162 Nigeria 1969 Sell This Version
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TN 922 This Is My Quest — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney This Is My Quest (Single) T-Neck TN 922 US 1970 Sell This Version
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2001-036 He's The One / This Girls In Love With You — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney He's The One / This Girls In Love With You (Single) King Records (3) 2001-036 UK 1970 Sell This Version
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EX 2321 Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear / We Need More (But Somebody Gotta Sacrifice) — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear / We Need More (But Somebody Gotta Sacrifice) (Single) Forte Records (2), Forte Records (2) EX 2321 US 1972 Sell This Version
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EX 2328 Live And Let Live / Don't Let Our Love Fade Away — Marva Whitney Marva Whitney Live And Let Live / Don't Let Our Love Fade Away (Single) Excello EX 2328 US 1972 Sell This Version
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1115 I've Lived The Life — Marva Whitney Marva Taylor* I've Lived The Life(7", Single) Forte Records (2) 1115 US 1974 Sell This Version
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11151, 6045-28 Nothing I'd Rather Be (Than Your Weakness) / (Hey, You And You And You And You) I've Lived The Life — Marva Whitney M-W-T Express Featuring Marva W. Taylor* M-W-T Express Featuring Marva W. Taylor* - Nothing I'd Rather Be (Than Your Weakness) / (Hey, You And You And You And You) I've Lived The Life (Single) Forte Records (2), Forte Records (2) 11151, 6045-28 US 1975 Sell This Version

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strager

strager

November 16, 2021
There desperately needs to be a complete compilation box set of her 45's assembled and released, preferably done on both vinyl and CD.
Bourbonman

Bourbonman

January 9, 2013
edited over 10 years ago
Kansas respect!!
Totally ran by me that Marva passed 2 days before christmas.. She truly was the soul sistah #1, and the hottest afro-american funk singer to grace the mic with her white afro hairdo.. slick!
Her voice could tear to pieces a clothing line of bedsheets. Take "It´s My Thing".. Wow, what a track, what a GROOVE.
Rest in peace Marva. Thanks for them rippin´ 45´s..
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